A former Vice-President and Presidential Candidate under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called for more concerted efforts to save Nigeria’s education sector from the looming danger.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Atiku noted that darkness awaits Nigerians if nothing is done to end the attacks on the citadels of learning in the country.
He added that the abduction of yet an unspecified number of undergraduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, is one abduction too many.
According to him, the series of abduction of students in Nigeria marks both an unacceptable escalation and an expansion of the menace, hence, the need to put in measures to prevent future reoccurrences.
Atiku opined that concerned stakeholders must not fold arms to watch the abduction become a new normal in the country.
“It is time for Nigerians to face the reality that we have an emergency on our hands. A catastrophe that must be decisively dealt with before it snowballs into an existential crisis.” Atiku Abubakar tweeted.
He added that the Nigerian government need to stop treating these acts of criminality with kid gloves. Atiku reiterated the need for the safety of lives and property in Nigeria’s citadels of learning.
The former Presidential Candidate stated that insecurity in the education sector would result in a loss of confidence in the sector, which will result in low enrolment rates in a country that is already the world headquarters for out of school children.
However, he renewed the call made on Monday, March 15, 2021, for a state of emergency to be declared in the education sector and for 24 hour armed guards to be posted at all schools in the affected states.